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When, in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,
Desiring this man's art, and that man's scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least,
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate

For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings,
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.
--> One of my favourite sonnets by this guy.

And because love battles
not only in its burning agricultures
but also in the mouth of men and women,
I will finish off by taking the path away
to those who between my chest and your fragrance
want to interpose their obscure plant.

About me, nothing worse
they will tell you, my love,
than what I told you.

I lived in the prairies
before I got to know you
and I did not wait love but I was
laying in wait for and I jumped on the rose.

What more can they tell you?
I am neither good nor bad but a man,
and they will then associate the danger
of my life, which you know
and which with your passion you shared.

And good, this danger
is danger of love, of complete love
for all life,
for all lives,
and if this love brings us
the death and the prisons,
I am sure that your big eyes,
as when I kiss them,
will then close with pride,
into double pride, love,
with your pride and my pride.

But to my ears they will come before
to wear down the tour
of the sweet and hard love which binds us,
and they will say: “The one
you love,
is not a woman for you,
Why do you love her? I think
you could find one more beautiful,
more serious, more deep,
more other, you understand me, look how she’s light,
and what a head she has,
and look at how she dresses,
and etcetera and etcetera”.

And I in these lines say:
Like this I want you, love,
love, Like this I love you,
as you dress
and how your hair lifts up
and how your mouth smiles,
light as the water
of the spring upon the pure stones,
Like this I love you, beloved.

To bread I do not ask to teach me
but only not to lack during every day of life.
I don’t know anything about light, from where
it comes nor where it goes,
I only want the light to light up,
I do not ask to the night
explanations,
I wait for it and it envelops me,
And so you, bread and light
And shadow are.

You came to my life
with what you were bringing,
made
of light and bread and shadow I expected you,
and Like this I need you,
Like this I love you,
and to those who want to hear tomorrow
that which I will not tell them, let them read it here,
and let them back off today because it is early
for these arguments.

Tomorrow we will only give them
a leaf of the tree of our love, a leaf
which will fall on the earth
like if it had been made by our lips
like a kiss which falls
from our invincible heights
to show the fire and the tenderness
of a true love.

Its truly awe inspiring when you have one of those moments when you take a step back and are reminded just how much has been achieved by humanity. The louvre in Paris houses some of the greatest objects ever created by human hand, you look at some of these paintings and they are bubbles of information whole worlds are contained on their cracked surfaces. The works of Da Vinci, Raphael, Carravaggio, David, and Delacroix are all marvels as they support a representation of a moment in history. Its almost like revisiting the past you can look at the faces, the expressions and envisage a world far removed from a modern existence. Another thing i saw recently at the Musee De pinacothèque is an exhibition of watercolour’s by an artist called Hugo Pratt, who is responsible for one of the most famous comics or hero ever created. Corto Maltese is one hell of a hero based upon sound facts found in the real world no superpowers, more magic. One could say that the fluidity and expressiveness of his paintings where bewitching and inspirational and is something I plan to return to when I get back to England.

Another thing that I found stupendously uplifting is the story of Takeshi Kanno a Japanese doctor. On March 11 2011 the 33 year old doctor was on duty at the Shizugawa public hospital in the japanese town of Minami Sanriku when he heard the the tsunami alert. He moved dozens of patients to the highest floor saving their lives and refused to leave until the last of those under his care where evacuated. It had been three days since the earthquake and he finally made it back to his wife, just before she gave birth. The second child was named Rei which evokes two meanings, the first in English means ‘a beam of light’. Secondly in Chinese and Japanese ‘the wisdom to overcome hardship’ (taken from the Time article by Krista Mahr, May 2 2011).  I cant think of a story that epitomizes kindness, strength, and altruism in such a powerful way we should all be grateful to people who lead by example. Another message supporting kindness and compassion over desire and greed is that of the new film Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Starring Andy Serkis as CGI chimp Caesar who becomes super intelligent and brakes free from the shackles imposed upon him from humankind worth a watch.

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. – Buddha. “